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  • Summary: When the introverted young Walter (Osment) finds himself forced to spend the summer with a pair of eccentric great-uncles (Caine, Duvall) on a remote ranch in Texas, he's understandably unnerved. But left to their own devices, this mismatched threesome begins to forge an unlikely bond. AWhen the introverted young Walter (Osment) finds himself forced to spend the summer with a pair of eccentric great-uncles (Caine, Duvall) on a remote ranch in Texas, he's understandably unnerved. But left to their own devices, this mismatched threesome begins to forge an unlikely bond. A heartwarming comedy about adventures, discoveries, growth and trust. (New Line Cinema) Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    90
    It's a feel-good movie, but not in a bad way. It makes you feel good the way that “Forrest Gump” made you feel good, as if the filmmakers were seriously trying to make a fun, wholesome, entertaining movie without taking on the industry with a moral agenda.
  2. Smart and entertaining almost every step of the way.
  3. 70
    Writer-director Tim McCanlies works in broad, kid-friendly strokes, and he's not afraid to lay on the sentiment, but his cast makes sure it's well-earned.
  4. These pros lift this button-pushing blob of faux folksiness to a higher plane than it deserves.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    The movie, though predictable and formulaic, is not that simple, although it might have been better off had it been so basic. It interweaves clichés from several other genres and ends up a mishmash of stories.
  6. Reviewed by: Sabrina Rojas Weiss
    50
    Granted, it's unfair to compare an actor's precocious child persona with his awkward 14-year-old self, but Osment relies so often on his furrowed brow to convey emotion that you have to keep reminding yourself that the technique actually worked in "The Sixth Sense."
  7. It's less a children's movie made for contemporary children than a children's movie made for people who still remember, and pine for, how children's movies were made 50 years ago.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. ApeE.
    Feb 6, 2009
    10
    This is indeed a feel good movie. And you feel great after watching it. Is that bad? A brilliant mix of fantasy and reality, this movie will This is indeed a feel good movie. And you feel great after watching it. Is that bad? A brilliant mix of fantasy and reality, this movie will touch your heart, unless your heart is burdened with pessimism and malcontentedness, as some reviewers seem to be afflicted with. One of the best underrated movies of all time. A great sigh of relief in a world of bad movies. Expand
  2. Jun 21, 2014
    10
    My favorite film of all time. I remember first picking this up from Blockbuster with my parents when I was a kid, the name and DVD caseMy favorite film of all time. I remember first picking this up from Blockbuster with my parents when I was a kid, the name and DVD case intriguing me. Boy was I in for one hell of a surprise as from start to finish I was completely enraptured. To this day, I can watch this film over and over without it getting old.
    If you're looking for a good adventure, packed with emotional and inspiring moments, then this is the movie you've been looking for.
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  3. Pants
    Aug 27, 2007
    10
    This movie makes you feel good all over. If you need to feel like there is still hope for humanity watch this. Good stuff.
  4. Feb 22, 2013
    8
    Robert Duvall and Michael Caine are Hollywood legends, who prove their reputation in Secondhand Lions. It's kind of a hokie story that reallyRobert Duvall and Michael Caine are Hollywood legends, who prove their reputation in Secondhand Lions. It's kind of a hokie story that really only works because of its extremely talented cast. Walter is sent to spend the summer with two bizarre and distant relatives, who mysteriously left forty years earlier to travel the world, and whom returned just as mysteriously. Like I said, the story is a bit weird, but it's extremely entertaining. The whole cast is terrific and the film is much more than what it appears to be on the outside. It's about living your life to the fullest and believing in whatever it is that makes you happy. It's a story everyone can relate to, with a cast I can't say enough about. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2012
    7
    Parts of Secondhand Lions feels choppy and unfinished, other parts are brilliant, and the end satisfies.

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